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Personalized Medicine

University of Cologne

What is Personalized Medicine?

Personalized and precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. During the CSS in Personalized Medicine 2019 in Cologne, we are going to give participants an introduction into the basic concepts, methoologies and applications of personalized Medicine.


The journey of personalized medicine faces ethical and legal challenges of different steps such as research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment by discussing paradigmatic examples including biobanks, genetic tests and gene therapy. Scientific progress in the area of genetics, the completion of the Human Genome Project and the ability to sequence genomes at competitive prices have offered the promise of revolutionizing healthcare and raised important challenges to classical paradigms in the biomedical law and ethics fields. Issues such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and discrimination require particular analysis in this context. In the last years the concept of personalized medicine has been a source of considerable hype and hope. Law and ethics should be important allies to limit the former and potentiate the later.

Who are we looking for?

  • Students of the University of Cologne and international students of partner universities of the University of Cologne and Santander Universities
  • Disciplines and study level: advanced students in Medicine, Biological Sciences (Animal Biology and Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genomics), or Life Sciences

During our Cologne Summer School program, participants will have the chance to delve into an ocean of personalized medicine taught by scholars of the the University of Cologne and other specialists. The course work will be complemented by social events and activities which give students an insight into German culture.

Location Cologne, Germany
5 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
Levels Master / Graduate
Credits None
Program fee free
Accommodation fee Included in program fee
Extra information about the fee:
As a student of one of the partner universities of the University of Cologne you do not have to pay any tuition fees. In case you will be chosen as participant by the admission committee the International Office bears the expenses for: accommodation (breakfast included), public transportation ticket, courses, visits, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner and a barbecue.
Application deadline 31 March 2019
Entry requirements:
Disciplines and study level: advanced students in Medicine, Biological Sciences (Animal Biology and Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genomics), or Life Sciences
Contact information:
Victoria Busch, M. A.
Project Coordinator Cologne Summer Schools
Universitätsstraße 22a
50923 Cologne
Phone: +49-221-470 1394